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The mini-fridge and pull-out couches at this all-suite hotel make it a great choice for families. Located a mile from downtown, the Marriott provides free shuttle service to the Space Needle and other attractions. The free continental breakfast includes make-your-own waffles with whipped cream. Free high-speed Internet for your laptop means the kids can play all the computer games they want (and parents can check e-mail). There's a pool and hot tub too. A double room is $89 to $159 a night in summer. 1800 Yale Avenue; 888-236-2427; www.SpringHillSuites.com.
A boutique hotel in the Coast Hotels chain, the Paramount offers a central location for all your family's forays. Walk three blocks to the Westlake Center for shopping, dining, and -- most important -- the monorail to the museums and attractions at the Seattle Center. Paramount's Dragonfish restaurant is well known for its fabulous Pan-Asian cuisine but also serves up French toast and bacon for breakfast. Summer rates run $161 to $209 a night. 724 Pine Street; 800-663-1144; www.paramounthotelseattle.com.
From the child-size robes to the complimentary warm cookies and milk delivered to your room, the elegant Fairmont's family focus is evident in the details. Each little guest is welcomed with a seasonal gift, and cribs come with amenities like baby shampoo and a stuffed toy. Older kids can check out free videos, DVDs, Sony PlayStation games, or board games. The solarium pool is fun for the whole family. Double rooms start at $244 a night in summer. 411 University Street; 206-621-1700; www.fairmont.com/seattle.